Thursday, June 30, 2011

Crazy Couponing

So, what's been new with me? Couponing, that's what!

Albertson's does something called Twice the Value (TTV) coupons. These allow you to double the value of a coupon up to $1. Ie. a $1 off of Life cereal coupon becomes a $2 off of Life cereal coupon with the TTV coupon. This is one of the ways that "Crazy Couponers" are getting things for free. And I gotta tell you, it's sort of amazing and addictive! Last weekend I got Ronzoni pasta for .25cents a box and Bullseye BBQ sauce for .29 cents each. I got 3 Twizzlers for free and I've now gotten about 40 boxes of Nature Valley granola bars for free and 9 gallons of free Darigold milk! I've gotten Herbal Essence shampoo and conditioner for .79cents each (full size) and 4 Skintimate Shaving Creams, large size, for .90 cents each. I've gotten Oreos and Ritz crackers for .99 cents, 30 bottles of Powerade Zero and Vitamin Water Zero for .18cents each, and Dove Men's Bar Soap 6ct for $2.99 (instead of $8!), to name a few.

It's pretty incredible when you ring up a ton of stuff and your total is only 70 cents! All that being said, it appears that Albertsons is changing their TTV distribution. In the past we've been able to get a stack from the store to make sure we have enough. I've read today that they will discontinue having them at the store and they will only be available in your newspaper. Yikes! You only get three TTV's per paper :( This sucks!
Here's an example of last Monday's shopping trip:

20 boxes Nature Valley Granola Bars
6 pack Dove Men's bar soap
4 gallons of Darigold Milk
Dial hand soap
3 Oreos
1 Ritz Cracker
1 Skintimate Shaving cream
Nalley Pickles
4 6-packs of Seneca no sugar added applesauce
12 pack mountain dew

Spent $25.62 on $131.46 of groceries!

nally pickles $1/1 (doubler and on sale), Seneca Apple sauce $1/2 (doubler and on sale), Dove Men's Soap $4/1 (also on sale), Dial hand soap $2/1, Nabisco snack items $1/2 (doubler and on sale), Skintimate Shave Cream .55/1 (doubler and on sale), Mountain Dew .55/1 (doubler and on sale). The Granola Bars were supposed to have a coupon in the Super Saver but mine didn't. BUT, there was a surprise Catalina! Buy 4 boxes of Nature Valley bars get $7 in Catalinas and a free milk! Woohoo!

Anyone have a couponing question? What is confusing you most? If I can't answer it, I'll work to find the answer!

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